Denver Bar Association
December 2003
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Legal Affairs

Legal Affairs


From left: Judge Harrell, William Gray and
Dennis Brown

Phil Figa, former CBA president, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be the newest U.S. District Court Judge in Colorado. He will fill the vacancy that opened after the resignation of Judge Richard Matsch. His investiture was Nov. 28. His firm, Burns Figa & Will, congratulates Phil and celebrates his future on the bench.

Denver County Judge Al Harrell received the Judicial Excellence Award from the American Board of Trial Advocates at its annual fall dinner.


Gil Román won a national legal fiction writing contest for an excerpt from his second manuscript "Beneath the Black Robe."

Marvin Wolf was presented with the William Lee Knous Award from CU School of Law.

At the annual Safehouse dinner, the CBA’s Family Violence Program Director Kath Schoen was presented with the Carolyn Hamil-Henderson Memorial Award. Attorney General Ken Salazar received the 2003 Community Impact Award.


Chris Castilian, formerly director of the Colorado Land Board, has been appointed Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of the Governor’s Office of Policy and Initiatives.

Kenzo Kawanabe, at Davis Graham & Stubbs, has been named to the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association List of "Best Lawyers Under 40."

The Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce honored Colorado Supreme Court Justice Alex J. Martinez as a Pioneer in the Hispanic Community at the annual Fiesta Colorado.

Ellen W. Squires is the pro bono coordinator for The Harris Law Firm.

Yates Walters Goldberg

Rachel Yates, partner at Holland & Hart, received her Certificate of Completion from the International Space University summer session held in France.

Holland & Hart announces the release of Robert Walter’s "Corporate Ethics for Financial Managers: Navigating with Case Studies and Practical Solutions."

Mark Messenbaugh, previously with Arnold & Porter, will be directing a partnership between AG Ken Salazar and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to create new afterschool programs around the state.

William D. Meyer, of Hutchinson, Black and Cook, recently participated in the Arab Judicial Forum in Bahrain.

Charles Goldberg, a partner for more than 25 years in Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons, has been inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. The induction ceremony took place at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the College in Montreal, Quebec.


DBA member Daniel M. Kowalski, Editor-in-Chief of Bender’s Immigration Bulletin, is the recipient of one of 15 "Border Justice Fellowships" awarded by the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communication and the Institute for Justice and Journalism. 


The Denver Post had an article entitled Who Is Edward Nottingham? following his decision in a telemarketing case. Among other things, the story called him a devoted follower of the law.

Bob Hill, co-founder of Invest in Kids, was featured in a full-page story in the Denver Business Journal. He was named Outstanding Volunteer and was honored at the 16th annual National Philanthropy Day lunch. They praised his contributions: "On behalf of thousands of women, children and minorities. Many of Hill’s public service activities have evolved from the Colorado Lawyers Committee, which he began 25 years ago."

Jim Nicholson, who is serving as ambassador to the Vatican, was given a papal knighthood in Rome.

The Rocky covered Philip Feigin, former Colorado securities commissioner and now with Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons, in a speech he gave about the effect of Sarbanes-Oxley.

The Denver Business Journal had a story about Faegre & Benson being ranked first among Denver firms in a survey by The American Lawyer magazine of the best places to work. (The story added that letting one of the associates, Chris Beall, make a TV debut, went against the conventional wisdom that associates, like children, should be seen and not heard).

Alongside a picture of Larry Pozner in his artfully-decorated office, a Rocky Mountain News story said Pozner, "trial attorney and legal analyst in the Kobe Bryant case, views his office as a respite from the frenzy of the courtroom."

Craig Ewing was one person featured in a large story called "Running Wild," in the Rocky. Craig and others run marathons on all continents—he only has three to go before he joins 84 other runners in the Seven Continents Club.




A. Craig Fleishman, managing director of Fleishman & Shapiro, and Douglas M. Tisdale of Tisdale & Associates are pleased to announce their affiliation as Special Counsel, each to the other. Don Mares, former mayoral candidate and city auditor, has joined Fleishman & Shapiro.

Michael Matheson has moved from Qwest to Intrado Inc., and can now be reached at, (720) 864-5502.

Gorsuch Kirgis welcomes: Jim Huemoeller in bankruptcy, Neil Ayervais as Special Counsel in business & finance and Alex Singha, as an associate in the corporate practice area.

Glenn Merrick has joined Senn Visciano Kirschenbaum as a shareholder and Lee Goldstein is Of Counsel. Both were previously with Brega & Winters.

Christopher Thomas has joined Holland & Hart as Of Counsel in the Immigration Practice Group.

Adele Conover, formerly of Fairfield and Woods in Denver, has joined Miller Nash in its Seattle offices.



Anthony L. Leffert has joined the Denver-based Robinson Waters & O’Dorisio as a shareholder.

Donna J. Bloomer has joined the Denver office of Patton Boggs as an associate in the Business and Corporate Law practice group.

Hale Hackstaff Friesen announces that Robert T. Hoban and Kent H. Holsinger have joined as associates.

Hunt Bercovitz Campopiano

Burns Figa & Will wishes Norman W. Higley well in his new endeavors as the Law Office of Norman Higley.

Diego G. Hunt and Elissa B. Bercovitz have joined The Harris Law Firm as associates.

Nancy Silver Reiff has joined Isaacson, Rosenbaum, Woods & Levy as Special Counsel and will continue to focus her practice on real estate, construction, commercial and corporate litigation matters.

Otten, Johnson, Robinson, Neff & Ragonetti welcomes Kathryn I. Hopping and Amanda L. Smith as associates in their Denver office.

Diana H. Hale has joined Jaudon & Avery as an associate.

Jennette L. Campopiano has joined the Denver office of McKenna Long & Aldridge as an associate in the litigation department.

Christine L. Gardner has joined Cage Williams Abelman & Layden.

Bloom Murr & Accomazzo welcomes associate attorneys Kara Dawn L. Veitch and Todd R. Wagner.

McGeady Sisneros announces that Kathryn S. Kanda has become associated with the firm.


Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP announced that Carl A. Eklund will join the firm as a partner in the firm’s bankruptcy practice.

Kennedy & Christopher, P.C. is proud to announce its change in name to Kennedy, Christopher, Childs & Fogg, P.C., effective Jan. 1. Its members congratulate their friends and colleagues Kim B. Childs and Mark A. Fogg


After a long fight with cancer, Chris Miranda, 46, died in October. He was a past president of the CHBA, an active member of the DBA; he taught law at DU and CU and for NITA. His service was in Ft. Collins, where he grew up, and some 800 people turned out to honor his life.

Isaac Moore, the second African-American to graduate from CU Law and one of the first to serve in the Colorado legislature died at 79. He practiced law in Colorado for 49 years.

Harry A. Frumess, a DBA and CBA member since 1940, died at 87.

James R. Horton, a CBA and DBA member since 1957, died at 75.

Our condolences to the friends, colleagues and family of these attorneys.



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